APRIL REVIEW

The team has made a bright start to the turf season and recorded 12 winners in what was a busy April for the yard, with a further 37 runners finished either second or third.

Winners This Month

A runner-up at Listed level on his previous start in March, it was fantastic to see Happy Power return to winning ways, readily getting the better of his two rivals in the Listed King Richard III Stakes at Leicester under David Probert.  He was good as ever last year, when third in the Lennox Stakes and a fine fourth in the Diamond Jubilee, and we look forward to an exciting campaign with him.

Harry Davies has been earning plenty of plaudits so early in his career and we were delighted to see him land a nice handicap on Shine So Bright, who was overdue a return to the winners’ enclosure.  Hopefully that win can be the catalyst for further success in the coming weeks, as he remains on a very workable mark on his back form.

Notre Belle Bete has done really well since starting out for us earlier this year, and he was winning his third race of 2022 when getting up on the line at Kempton Park under a strong ride from David Probert.  He has since run a fine race in defeat in the Suffolk Stakes at Newmarket and looks to have plenty more to offer in valuable handicaps this term.

Red Mirage was having his first start since joining us when winning at Chelmsford in mid-April under an excellent ride from Ryan Moore.  He has only gone up 1lb in the handicap, so should continue to be very competitive in good handicap company. That is also the case with Scampi, who was a cosy winner of his novice at Wolverhampton under Tom Queally and had his mark nudged up by 1lb to 80. He ran well on many an occasion last term without getting his head in front but has the ability to progress further this year.

Little Hustle got off the mark at the second time of asking, though he needed every inch of the 1m3.5f trip to land the spoils at Bath.  He is from a wonderful Juddmonte family and can continue to improve with experience, as can Distant Light, who is by the same sire in Fastnet Rock and made all the running for a ready success on the All-Weather at Lingfield Park.  She has since run very well to finish a close fourth on her handicap debut at Goodwood at the end of the month.

Mellow Magic was a model of consistency last term, finishing in the first three on six of her seven starts, so it was a relief to see her gain a deserved victory and make it eighth time lucky on her seasonal reappearance at Windsor.  Her subsequent second at Goodwood came on ground that was as quick as she would like it, and the half-sister to Elm Park looks an improving filly.

Roseberry Topping had shown ability in three novice starts at two, but took a step forward on her reappearance with a very pleasing success at Wolverhampton.  She’s certainly bred to be speedy, being a half-sister to three black-type performers, notably the ‘Budapest Bullet’ Overdose.  She should continue to progress this year, which is also the case with fellow handicap debutant scorer Hoffman, who still looked a little green at Brighton but was nevertheless a comfortable all-the-way winner under David Probert.

Juvenile Success

Our two year olds have hit the ground running, with Holguin becoming our first winner with our first juvenile runner of the campaign when scoring at Newbury in mid-month under David Probert.  That came in the same maiden won last year by Berkshire Shadow, who went on to land the Coventry, and Holguin looks an exciting prospect. 

Bakeel made his debut at Ascot in a trial for the royal meeting and produced a taking performance under Jack Mitchell.  The son of first-season sire Sioux Nation looks very talented and we will certainly be hoping to return to the course in June.